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Do you want to utilise your technical skills to help improve the health of New Zealanders? Do you have the ability to turn complex datasets into useful information?  If so we would love to talk to you.


Ministry of Health is going through some exciting change in the data and analytical space at the moment. A new BI and Data Warehouse Strategy has been developed by the team and a project to improve the BI and Analytical environment has just kicked off – Upgrading our SAS environment, introducing Qlik Sense as our new BI tool, and Designing a data platform for the future.


We are now looking for our next star – an enthusiastic & creative Senior Programmer Analyst to support Ministry of Health in producing high quality data extracts and provision of information and analysis – to help us bring data to life to change lives.


The Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse team (BIDW team) sits in the National Collections and reporting group within Technology and Digital Services (T&DS) based in Wellington.


The Senior Analyst Programmer is responsible for providing data and information in a format that meet or exceeds the requirements of our stakeholders.

In this role you will use a variety of programming tools, with the main tool being SAS, and specialist database knowledge and skills to effectively extract, analyse and transform information held in the national health collections to meet the client needs.


This role will have a focus on supporting the Analytical Community at Ministry of Health. The Senior Analyst Programmer will produce tables, datasets, cohorts and linked extracts from various National Collections that meet analyst and client specifications.


You will also take an active role in the SAS Upgrade and modernisation project and help identify improvements along the way.  You are expected to have a positive outlook and excellent skills in collaborating within the team, across the Ministry and the wider health sector.


To be successful in this role you will be able to demonstrate:


  • A strong client focus with good networking, interpersonal and relationship building skills

  • Demonstrate ability to analyse and interpret complex issues and information and able to present in simple and clear ways to enable effective decisions

  • Demonstrable relationship management skills with the ability to foster good stakeholder relationships through consultation and partnership.

  • Demonstrable experience at building constructive and effective relationships.

  • Demonstrable experience in Advanced SAS programming; Base SAS, SAS Macro, SAS Connect and SQL, ODS, table joining, datastep manipulations and transformations

  • Good understanding of database / data warehouse design and data extract concepts

  • Sound knowledge of statistical and data modelling techniques

  • Ability to develop and champion quality assurance and quality improvement practices

  • Experience in providing guidance and training to less experienced colleagues

  • Strong written and oral communication skills



Interested? For further information on this position please contact the Ministry of Health Recruitment team at To apply for this position provide your current Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter outlining your background and your interest in the role. All applications must be made online.




The Ministry of Health is committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures. All staff – regardless of gender, race, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious or ethical beliefs, political opinion or union affiliation – have access to equal employment opportunities. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workforce and we are willing to consider flexible working arrangements.




Applications Wednesday 26 September

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